Police cashpoint warning

POLICE are advising people to be vigilant when using cashpoint machines and notify the police of any suspicious activity. Skimming involves criminals installing equipment on legitimate bank Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs) that allows both the card num

POLICE are advising people to be vigilant when using cashpoint machines and notify the police of any suspicious activity.

Skimming involves criminals installing equipment on legitimate bank Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs) that allows both the card number and the PIN to be transmitted wirelessly to the criminals, who are most likely to be nearby.

The equipment used can be cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment and consists of a 'skimmer' and 'camera.'

There are steps which can be taken to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of ATM fraud advises Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.


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* Visually check the machine you are using for any signs of tampering or uncharacteristic additions e.g. leaflet holders, speaker grills.

* Stand close to the ATM to prevent unwanted viewing of the screen and shield your keystrokes with your hand as you enter your PIN number.

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* Make sure you are not being watched. A mobile phone in use nearby could be someone filming your transaction.

* If you suspect a cash machine is not working properly cancel your transaction and recover your card.

* Do not remove any suspicious device you find. The equipment is valuable to the criminal and they may choose to use force to get it back.

* If you notice anything suspicious on or around an ATM please report it to the bank or shop it is located at and to the police.

* Keep a record of your debit and credit card details in a safe place so that you can cancel them quickly if they are stolen or lost.

* Never keep a written record of your PIN number in case your purse or wallet is lost or stolen.

Crime Prevention Officer Dave Cudlip said: "Taking simple steps such as concealing the key pad when entering your pin number and being aware of anything unusual about the ATM will help reduce the criminals' chances of being successful. Also, being aware of what is going on around you and ensuring there is no-one standing too close is a good habit to get into."

If anyone sees anything suspicious at or near ATMs they are asked to contact the police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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